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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screenplay), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Nicole De Loiselle
Gary Cooper ... Michael Brandon
Edward Everett Horton ... The Marquis De Loiselle
David Niven ... Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Hedwige
Herman Bing ... Monsieur Pepinard
Warren Hymer ... Kid Mulligan
Franklin Pangborn ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Armand Cortes Armand Cortes ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan ... Floorwalker
Lawrence Grant ... Professor Urganzeff
Lionel Pape ... Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke ... Clerk
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US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Romantically RISQUE...Delightfully DARING...Thrill to the boudoir battle of the century when CLAUDETTE and GARY Trade Wallops Over a Pair of red Striped Pajamas (Print Ad- San Jose Evening News, ((San Jose Calif.)) 2 April 1938) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 14, 1947 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

Cooper complains that he can't sleep because he can hear the ocean. However, Nice, on the French Riviera, only borders the Mediterranean, which is a sea, not an ocean. The nearest ocean, being the Atlantic, is at least 300 miles away. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Floorwalker: Bon jour, monsieur. Is there something I could show you?
Michael Brandon: Pajamas.
Floorwalker: Will you be so good as to step this way. May I call your attention to the fact that we are featuring a special sale at reduced prices of raincoats, umbrellas, tennis rackets and portable phonographs.
Michael Brandon: I want some pajamas.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Cookie
(1935) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Gary Cooper (vocal and piano)
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Shaving A Bluebeard
23 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Years before pre-nuptial agreements became a regular thing, Ernest Lubitsch made a screen comedy on which they are the basis. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife involves Gary Cooper as a multi-millionaire living on the French Riviera who's been married seven times and now marries Claudette Colbert for number eight. But Cooper's a good sport about it, he always settles with his ex-wives for a $50,000.00 a year as per an agreement they sign before marrying him. Sounds like what we now call a pre-nuptial agreement.

Of course Claudette wants a lot more than that and she feels Cooper takes an entirely too business like approach to marriage. She'd like the real deal and is willing to go some considerable lengths to get it.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife has some really funny moments, the original meeting of Cooper and Colbert in a men's store where Cooper is insisting he wants only pajama tops and Colbert looking for only bottoms. And of course my favorite is Colbert trailing and blackmailing the detective Cooper sends to spy on her. Herman Bing has the best supporting role in the film as that selfsame, flustered detective.

I've often wondered how back in the day Hollywood could get away with casting so many people who are non-French in a film like this. Of course Cooper is an American and Colbert of the cast is the only one actually of French background. Though David Niven is charming as always, having him be a Frenchman is ludicrous, he is sooooooo British.

Nevertheless Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is an enjoyable film and a great example of what was called 'the Lubitsch touch' back in the day.


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Release Date:

25 March 1938 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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